PPBA, through the TATA Padukone training centers, has produced multiple National and International level champions and is renowned around the country for producing world-class badminton players.
The Prakash Padukone Badminton Academy (PPBA) was launched on October 1st, 1994. Located in the heart of vibrant Bangalore city, the Academy was started by Mr. Prakash Padukone, Mr. Vimal Kumar and Mr. Vivek Kumar – all stalwarts of Indian Badminton.
The founders of the Academy, having won numerous international awards in Badminton amongst them, possessed the expertise and technical know-how required to create a world-class Badminton training facility. The Prakash Padukone Badminton Academy imparts top-notch training and coaching to young players who are selected to the Academy on merit, and to whom training and facilities are provided on a scholarship basis.
In its short history, the PPBA has produced multiple National and International level champions and is renowned around the country for producing world-class badminton players.
1994-Prakash Padukone Badminton Academy (PPBA) is launched on 1st October 1994 in Bangalore, India
1995-PPBA hosts first ever All-India Badminton Tournament in the Country
1998-PPBA’s Aparna Popat, Gopichand & Nikhil Kantekar spearhead the Indian challenge at the Commonwealth Games
1999-PPBA’s Pune Centre is launched
2000-PPBA’s Pullela Gopichand guides the Indian Badminton team to the Thomas Cup Finals for the first time in 12 years
2001-All-India Open is upgraded to Asian Satellite Level allowing international players to compete for the first time. PPBA’s Aparna Popat wins the women’s title
2004-PPBA coach Vimal Kumar takes over as National Badminton Coach
2007-TATA Group come on as Lead Sponsors of the Academy
2008-1st Tata Open held in Mumbai
2009-Launch of PPBA’s Mumbai Centre
2014-PPBA 20th Anniversary (PPBA completes 20 years on 1st October 2014)
Founder – PPBA
Indian sporting legend and the visionary behind the Academy’s successful inception, Prakash Padukone lends much more than just his name to the Prakash Padukone Badminton Academy.
Prakash has won several awards such as the prestigious Arjuna Award in 1972 and the Padma Shri in 1982 in recognition of his outstanding achievements in the world of badminton. Some of his feats include:
World Rank No. 1 (1980-81)
First Indian to win the prestigious All England Badminton Championships (1980)
First World Open Prize Money Badminton winner at Royal Albert Hall,London (1979)
World Cup winner, Kuala Lumpur (1981)
Gold Medalist at Commonwealth Games, Edmonton (1978)
Ranked in the top 5 in the world for over 5 years
Won the Senior Nationals titles consecutively for 9 years
Bronze Medalist at Asian Games, Tehran (1974)
Bronze Medalist at World Championships, Copenhagen (1983)
English Masters (1978); Danish Open (1980); Swedish Open (1980); Dutch Open (1982); Hong Kong Open (1982)
Co-Founder, Director and Chief Coach of the PPBA
Former National coach and Badminton luminary, Vimal Kumar brings with him a wealth of experience and skill to the Academy. His impressive credentials include:
Chief National Coach (2003-2006)
Official coach for International Badminton Development Programme
Instructor for IBF World Badminton Academy
Malaysia (1999); Cape Town (2000); Auckland (2001); European Summer School, Germany (2006)
Chairman, Badminton Development Committee, Karnataka.
National Champion (’89 & ’90)
Asian Games Bronze Medalist, Seoul ‘86
Welsh Open (’87 & ’90); French Intl. ( ’83 & ’84); Strasbourg Intl. (’90 & ’91)
Asian Games (’86 & ’90); Commonwealth Games (’90); Olympics (’92)
Highest World Ranking: 19 (’88-’89)
Co-Founder of PPBA
Instrumental in conceptualizing and setting up the Academy – Vivek Kumar is a seasoned Badminton expert with an astute business mind. His achievements include:
Karnataka State Champion for 3 consecutive years (1990-1992) and represented the State for more than 10 years
Represented India at a junior level tournament in Russia in 1987
Started his business career at the age of 21 and has experience in the manufacturing, distribution, retail and service industry.
BalachandranCoach at PPBA since 1995
Former Kerala State Player
Hufrish-NarimanRanked India No. I, India No. 2 & India No. 3 for 2 Years each
Appointed on the Panel of National Coaches of the Badminton Association of India
from 1998 to 2006, & nominated Coach of some of the Junior & Senior
Indian Teams at the Asian & World Badminton Championships.
Recipient of Maharashtra Shiv Chhatrapati Award in 1979 for her Excellence in Sports & Games
Pooja_KohliAssistant coach at the Prakash Padukone Badminton Academy in Mumbai
Represented Chandigarh and Maharashtra at sub-junior, junior and senior at District, State and National level tournaments
She has been coaching Badminton Players with Ms. Hufrish Nariman at various centres since 1995